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Enterprise Application Integration With XML and Java™ by Bill la Forge, JP Morgenthal

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1.3. XML in the Business World

Before jumping into the technical end of the pool, let's take a brief moment to explore the business requirements that are driving XML's popularity and success. In this section, we will explore how XML is being used to solve complex, real-world business problems today.

Computers have been mostly helpful to companies for automating data processing and providing near instantaneous access to information about the business. We use the qualifier "near" here because it is theoretically possible, but hindered due to poor system and application designs. There is a certain instant gratification that can be brought about by the use of computers. They provide a sense of immediate feedback for any stimuli we provide them—including ...

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